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Comment This doesn't make sense (Score 1) 262

Cancer happens in cells that generally aren't germ-line cells, that is apart from testicular and ovarian cancers. (and many of those are stromal cells, not germ-line)

There's no evolutionary advantage in killing someone with bowel cancer. Those faulty genes wouldn't be passed on. It just doesn't make sense.

Comment So now if I get mugged... (Score 2) 148

Not only do I potentially get assaulted, and all my stuff stolen, but they can drain my bank account too? Doesn't this just paint a big target on the back of anyone who carries a smart phone?

I like pay-pass, the way it works in aus is there's a maximum amount per transaction where you can use contactless without a pin. Hopefully it will be the same for this?

Comment Re:North Pole (Score 1) 496

Actually there's a series of right answers around the south pole.

1+ 1/(2*pi), 1+ 1/(4*pi) , 1+ 1/(6*pi), ...

Because you can circle around the south pole any integer number of times before heading north again.

It's questionable if you can count 1 mile north of the south pole exactly, because "west" isn't defined at the south pole so would that evaluate to a no-op?

Comment Re:Yeah right, take the guns away and ... (Score 2) 498

People should, however, be educated about really shitty ways of killing yourself, like overdosing on acetaminophen and the like.

That's a way I'd personally prefer to avoid.

Maybe (not that it would ever happen) there could be a govt sanctioned 'suicide wait list' where you sign on and after three months of counselling and intervention if you're not taken yourself off it, it'd get done painlessly and privately.

At least that would curb the public messes. Maybe...

Comment Re:"Working hours: Get a life" at economist.com (Score 3, Insightful) 545

People who work the harder in their industry will almost always get paid more (barring other factors).

That's unfortunately nothing to do with how well they get paid.

Your pay level is largely about politics and self-promotion. (within a particular field and experience level)

Comment Re:I'm not a scientist... (Score 0) 99

Eyesight is probably the most important sense you have to interact with the world. It's precious and even a slight chance off affecting it is enough to not take the risk. It's not like we're depriving kids of something important anyway.

I don't see what's wrong with the recommandation and the fact that an agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety studies the effect of 3D viewing on people and kids. Sounds to me they are doing their job.

But there's no evidence.

Does that mean we should recommend against everything else where there's no evidence of damage too?

Funny how incidence of myopia and use of mobile phones are both increasing...

Quick! Ban mobile phones - won't anyone think of the children?

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